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The Republic, quoting such local luminaries as Grant Woods and Dennis DeConcini, already is hard at work at painting Dennis Burke as the fall guy. That's pretty hard to swallow considering the paper's non-existent coverage of this major story (in their own backyard) is such a disgrace. They couldn't even get his resignation up on the azcentral.com home page until well after the rest of the media had broken it. Epic fail.

Mike Vanderboegh is doing the happy dance...(along with all the pot store owners here in AZ, I'd imagine):

http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2011/08/night-of-short-knives-scratch-one.html

Apparently the replacement for Melson won't be Andrew Traver, who also had his fingers in the Gunwalker pie...

Statement from Darrel Issa:

"While the reckless disregard for safety that took place in Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits changes within the Department of Justice, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department. There are still many questions to be answered about what happened in Operation Fast and Furious and who else bears responsibility, but these changes are warranted and offer an opportunity for the Justice Department to explain the role other officials and offices played in the infamous efforts to allow weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. I also remain very concerned by Acting Director Melson’s statement that the Department of Justice is managing its response in a manner intended to protect its political appointees. Senator Grassley and I will continue to press the Department of Justice for answers in order to ensure that a reckless effort like Fast and Furious does not take place again."

Obama would do well to appoint former state representative David Lujan to replace Burke. Burke was/is a hack.

How dare you criticize the Republic! They were busy blowing the lid off perfectly legal meetings at the County Dept. of Air Quality!!!

After 10 years of hiring diversity-driven mediocrities, they have no reporters capable of investigating this type of gummint coverup, even if the Republic chose to cover it..

Burkes career is not over......Nappy will find him a cuushy obscure job in Homeland Security, and then he will come back to AZ to run her US Senate campaign.

Can't help but compare this case with the recent media attention to the syphillis experiments in Guatamala. Life is completely ignored. But death somehow brings great interest.

You have got to put yourself in the shoes of guys like Burke. Then ask yourself, what is the worst thing that will happen if I totally screw up? I make a lateral move. No charges of sedition or treason, just a different desk.

When do Holder and Napolitano get canned.

And I thought Holder was too busy sueing Arizona to get into any real trouble.

But, no, he arms the very Mexicans who are shooting up Mexico and coming into Arizona making my life more dangerous.

Then he sues us for trying to get the armed thugs, that he armed, out of my state.

If the administration wants to restore confidence in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona, it will name Mary O'Grady as Burke's replacement. She has integrity, is whip smart, and is respected on both sides of the aisle.

Good job Greg. Between this story and the Republic's dismissal of Phil Gordon's kid, they've gone to new lows to bury stories.

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